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 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    July 30, 2020 

Country Roads

It was a typical summer Sunday afternoon. The humidity was almost unbearable making it hard to catch one’s breath. The sun bore down making the temperature reach well into the 90s. Weather forecasters had reported heavy rains were to arrive but...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 30, 2020 

Editor's Notebook

The author of a newspaper column I regularly read often begins his column with “Things I know and things I think I know.” If I were to attach a title to this week’s column it would be “Things I don’t understand.” Saturday morning I...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 30, 2020 

Puffs

Puffs Isolation . . . Vindication . . . Let’s face it folks, we who live in rural America are isolated to some extent from all that is going on in the more urban areas of America. For the most part we don’t have protests (peaceful or...

 

Country Roads

Is this really the middle of July in Jewell County? My calendar says it is but it certainly does not look that way along the country side. It is the end of wheat harvest and even though the daytime temperatures have reached well up into the 90s, the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 23, 2020

Editor's Notebook

When my family sold and raised watermelons, our customers had their own ways to determine which melon was best. Some picked the melons up and shook them. I assume they did so to determine the weight and suitability for their family size. Some...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 23, 2020

Puffs

What does the current COVID-19 Pandemic have in common with the Spanish Flu of 1918 ? ? ? Other than the obvious illness and death common to all a person has to get down to a personal level. To me that involves family. One hundred and two years ago...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 16, 2020

Editor's Notebook

A news release from the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, recently crossed the editor’s desk. The release was directed to the agricultural community and contained many safety tips with regard to the handling of hazardous...

 

Country Roads

“You Scream., I Scream. We All Scream For Ice Cream!”Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and though any time of the year is a good time to enjoy a dip or two. What better time for eating delicious cold ice cream than during hot July? Recently I...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 9, 2020

Editor's Notebook

A promise to help a friend who was out-of-town for the weekend with an early morning task got me out and about in Superior earlier than normal on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. My morning jaunts were so interesting I stretched them out a bit...

 

Country Roads

Just before the first day of the month, I check my “Days To Remember” book and birthdays and wedding anniversary dates are written on our desk calendar. This book was purchased at the variety store in my hometown just before I was married. I...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 2, 2020

Editor's Notebook

A few days ago a friend living out-of-state said "I love sand but I prefer it on the beach." I didn't understand the comment when it was made but I do now for it referred to the Saharan dust plume...

 

Country Roads

America is set to celebrate it’s 244th Birthday, July 4th, 2020! Yes, it was 244 years ago that the forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence from England. With some of the usual firework displays postponed, this year’s celebration will...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 26, 2020

Editor's Notebook

With the combination of the COVID stay-at-home recommendation and the National Weather Service category 3 severe storm forecast for Sunday afternoon, Rita and I stayed pretty close to home. Since the...

 

Country Roads

I’ve been what some people call a “history buff.” For many years the history teacher at my home school was Mildred Mullins. She was a strict teacher with her pop tests and memorizing historical speeches, but she made sure I learned what was...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 18, 2020

Editor's Notebook

This week I have been following stories out of Manhattan, Kansas, reporting on two alligators stolen from a pet store located in that community. I don’t know why anyone would want to steal an...

 

Country Roads

It's cherry picking time! The only problem is I don't have any cherry trees to pick from. Several years ago a cherry tree start was ordered from a seed catalog. After selecting just the right spot,...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 11, 2020

Editor's Notebook

Richard Schmeling is a frequent contributor to this newspaper. The 1958 graduate of Superior High School and retired attorney now living in Lincoln, Neb., likes to recall what it was like to grow in...

 

Country Roads

Summer came early! What happened to spring? It somehow was blown away by the strong hot Kansas south winds. With the hot winds went my beautiful flower blooms. Since hardly any rain has arrived in our area, the rock roads are blowing. Dust is...

 

Jenny's REESources

If you have experienced hail or wind damage, the following site provides guidance via information and videos for early-season hail damage: https://go.unl.edu/u5ns. Be patient and wait four to seven days to determine recovery. Warm temps can help....

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 4, 2020

Editor's Notebook

For some people Monday was a special day but most people were unaware that it was special. Instead struggled with the new norm of social distancing, face masks and closed or at least changed businesses. Our city cousins added racial unrest concerns....

 

Country Roads

While working in my yard this week doing some weeding, planting and watering, I came across five snakes at three different times. Let me say I’ve heard it all before, that most of the snakes around here are harmless, and my farmer husband said...

 
 By Jenny Rees    Columns    June 4, 2020

Jenny's REESources

I enjoy this stage when corn is just tall enough to give the fields a green cast when looking at them from an angle. There continues to be discussion and questions about uneven corn emergence. Like many, I wasn’t anticipating seeing uneven...

 

Country Roads

As people prepared for their Memorial Weekend cook outs shopping for steaks, ground beef and ribs to BBQ, they found out beef was either in short supply or had almost doubled in price. Some shoppers found the meat shelves almost empty and asked the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 28, 2020

Editor's Notebook

Amazing the way some things grow and others shrink. While preparing copy for this week’s Nuckolls County Locomotive-Gazette, I read about the sale of the Mt. Clare pool hall. It’s been a long time since there were enough people in the Mt. Clare...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 21, 2020

Editor's Notebook

Fifty years ago this week I was preparing to observe my first Memorial Day as editor of The Superior Express. For this 24 year-old “youngster” I expected the day would be different for in my life Memorial Days had long been different but I never...

 

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